Health disparities between women with and without disabilities: A review of the research

Jennifer P. Wisdom, Marjorie G. McGee, Willi Horner-Johnson, Yvonne L. Michael, Elizabeth Adams, Michelle Berlin

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Abstract

As part of a women's health center project, we reviewed 16 years of research to examine health disparities between women with and without disabilities. We reviewed MEDLINE-indexed articles between 1990 and 2005 with data on women with and without physical, sensory, intellectual, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities. Our review found few articles examining health disparities in chronic disease, cancer, mental health and substance abuse, preventive screening, health-promoting behaviors, and health services utilization. Results reflect apparent health disparities between women with and without disabilities. Challenges for the field exist in standardizing disability definitions and determining a future course for health disparity research and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-386
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume25
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

Keywords

  • Blindness
  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease
  • Disability
  • Health disparities
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental health
  • Mental retardation
  • Preventive screening
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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